Let’s be honest. Just looking at books is enough to make a reader beam with joy!
But it’s not only the beautiful sight of books that makes us readers smile, even if that cover is gorgeous enough to make us jolly enough for years to come, it’s what’s IN the books that really grasps and tugs at the heart strings, really slams that smile button, really yanks on that happiness lever.
It’s the good stuff in the book that leaves a truly ever-lasting smile. Like… 5 centuries worth of smiling. I’m still smiling thanks to a lot of books, some of which I read a several years ago. But this smile has yet to run out!
*has a small crisis because I love reading books that leave a lasting POSITIVE impression, but if I keep this up I’m going to have a permanent smile and my face hurts just thinking about it*
Which brings us to what today’s post is all about folks! Books that made/make me smile! Which is today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic! (The last few TTT’s I’ve managed to actually make a list of 10 and I am really proud??)
ON WITH THE LIST!
Clicking on the book covers will take you over to their Goodreads pages zoomie fast! Any and all sequel covers, will be linked to the first book to avoid spoilers!
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
Given the amount of sobbing I did after The Wicked King, I think it’s only fair we got a somewhat happy ending. Oh, don’t worry. I did some crying while reading this book too. Lots of it actually. Holly Black is good at that…
Keeper of the Bees (Black Bird of the Gallows #2) by Meg Kassel
I’ve linked this one to the actual book, because even though it’s the second book – it’s a companion novel, the characters from the first book make a cameo – but otherwise, completely new characters, same universe!
I was honestly just smiling like an idiot the whole way through this book. There were a few times I stopped smiling because Concerned, but Dresden being centuries old and getting all blushy and nervous for the seemingly the first time in foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
We like shy, centuries old boys who need loads of hugs because they are very sad. (Essie, the other MC of this book is also an absolute delight btw).
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Similarly to Keeper of the Bees, old and immortal boys who act like they have complete control of their feeling are also blushy, shy boys who get flustered if someone says they’re pretty.
Prince Rook is not only an old, immortal boy – he is a Old Immortal FAE Prince.
And we know most fae are either grouchy in their old age or are very tricksy. Rook is soft. And pretty. And he knows he’s pretty. Won’t let anyone see him otherwise.
Call Down the Hawk (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater
It’s a book about Adam and Ronan with Gansey popping in occasionally via text making sure Ronan is on his best behaviour. (Quick spoiler, Ronan was/is not on his best behaviour.)
Being back in this magical, yet familiar, world is enough to make me happy. Add Soft Bois being soft, then I become soft – and maybe bursting with joy. Maybe. Am I still in one piece? Who knows? Big mystery.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
SOFT AND SQUISHY HEARTTTTTT! WHY ARE YOU SO SOFT AND SQUISHY??? OHHHHHHHHHHHH IT’S BEACAUSE OF THIS BOOK!
But seriously now. This book will leave your heart soft and squishy. Because, it is – can you guess? – Soft and Squishy.
Soft books make me soft, which make me smile. RECOMMEND ME SOFT BOOKS TO GIVE ME FACE PAIN!
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Ok. SO. I love Captain Carswell Throne, and when I found out that this book had more of him (specifically: He was a main character), I was already smiling. I was squealing, but I was smiling while I did it. And Cress. Cress is so squishy and cute but also very smart, but also cute.
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I mean, AIDAN breaks my heart every gosh darn time, but I can’t say I wasn’t pleased with how this trilogy ended. I’m not pleased THAT it ended. But I do love a good ol’ fashioned “group of ragtag teens take down corporate entity that was committing the big crime and trying to sweep it under the rug” story.
There was lots of crying, heartbreak, MORE crying but then. There. A glimmer of happiness. To explain the happiness would be spoilery so just know, I gained Happiness Points from this book. IGNORE THE TEARS! Focus on the Happiness Points!
The Winternight Trilogy (yes all of it) by Katherine Arden
It’s been months since I finished reading this trilogy, and I’m still not over it. Heck, I’m not even close to beginning the process of being over it.
I’d like to point out that after finishing reading it is when I started looking at it with love and happiness. Because while reading…
I WAS SO STRESSED! I WASN’T EVEN THIS STRESSED WHEN I WAS DOING MY A – LEVELS!
I WAS OO-ING AND AWWW-ING! MY JAW WAS DROPPING RIGHT OFF MY SKULL! I WAS GETTING ANGRY AT CERTAIN CHARACTERS! I WAS SOBBING! MY PILLOWS WERE SOAKED WITH TEARS!
I WENT THROUGH ALL THE EMOTIONS IN EXISTENCE IN JUST 3 BOOKS!!
But since reading the ending, I’m chill. The Chillest TM
Also, through all the sobbing, a ray of light brought me joy. And that ray of light was Morozko (Ancient Frost Demon and Death Himself) being super stressed because Vasya is skipping around, having the time of her life and getting into heaps of trouble, which he keeps saving her from (even though he keeps saying “THIS IS HE LAST TIME I SAVE YOU!” PLOT TWIST! It’s never the last time. He’s always there.
Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho
Jihoon getting smacked with a towel by his Halemoni is forever a blessed scene imprinted in my brain.
If I ever start to forget that scene I’m going to reread it and remember it forever.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Maas
Watching Aelin outsmart everyone and anyone with her genius and scheming grand plans every 5 seconds, this book might be one of my favourite instalments in the series. (I binge read the first 5 so it’s hard to separate the events XD)
If you’ve read the series, you know that any and all happiness gained from Queen of Shadow is short lived with the existence of Empire of Storms.
Empire of Storms is just one big crying fest. I say one because once you start crying you keep crying, even if you calm down a little but. You turn the page. Crying again.
What books make you happy?? Which books has the most scenes that made/make you smile?? Which books make your hearts all squishy??